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London Buses route 27 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Hammersmith and Chalk Farm, it is operated by Abellio London

History

Route 27 commenced operation by 1911 from Twickenham to Stoke Newington. By 1920, the north end was shifted to Highgate, with route 30 taking over the section to Stoke Newington. The route was extended to Hounslow Garage by 1923, and was extended north to Muswell Hill Broadway by AugAt that time, the route ran between Hounslow Garage and Muswell Hill Broadway via Hounslow Station - Whitton - Twickenham - East Twickenham - Richmond - Kew Bridge - Turnham Green - Hammersmith - Kensington - Notting Hill Gate - Westbourne Grove - Paddington - Edgware Road Station - Marylebone Road - Baker Street Station - Warren Street Station - Hampstead Road - Camden Town - Kentish Town - Tufnell Park - Archway Station - Highgate Station. The route was initially operated by London Transport from their Twickenham (AB), Middle Row (X), Hounslow (AV), Chalk Farm (CF), Holloway (J), Riverside (R) and Turnham Green (V) garages using NS-type AEC double deck motor buses, AEC Renowns, AEC Regent STs and AEC Regents.

On 17 April 1935, the Middle Row (X) allocation was transferred to Hounslow (AV) garage.

On 2 October 1935, the Chalk Farm (CF) allocation was transferred to Middle Row (X) garage.

On 8 April 1936, the Middle Row (X) allocation was transferred to Chalk Farm (CF) garage.

On 27 May 1936, the Twickenham (AB) and Turnham Green (V) allocations were transferred to Middle Row (X), Hounslow (AV), Holloway (J), and Riverside (R) garages.

On 7 October 1936, the Chalk Farm (CF) allocation was transferred to Middle Row (X) garage.

On 24 March 1937, the Monday to Saturday service was withdrawn, the Twickenham to Hounslow section replaced by Route 33, and the Riverside (R) and Middle Row allocations were withdrawn. The route was converted to full AEC Regent and AEC Regent ST operation at the same time.

On 13 December 1939, the Hounslow (AV) allocation was transferred to Twickenham (AB) and Riverside (R) garages. The AEC Regent STs were replaced by AEC Renowns at the same time.

On 20 March 1940, the Twickenham (AB) and Holloway (J) allocations were withdrawn and were transferred to Chalk Farm (CF) garage.

On 20 November 1940, the Chalk Farm (CF) and Riverside (R) allocations were transferred to Twickenham (AB) and Holloway (J) garages. The route was converted to full AEC Regent operation.

On 6 June 1948, part of the allocation was transferred to Riverside (R) garage. AEC Regent STs were reintroduced at the same time.

On 13 April 1949, the Twickenham (AB) allocation was transferred to Turnham Green (V) garage. Leyland Titan RTLs were introduced at the same time.

On 26 October 1949, the Turnham Green allocation was transferred to Twickenham (AB) garage.

On 11 October 1950, the AEC Regents were replaced by AEC Regent III RTs.

On 17 October 1951, the Riverside (R) allocation was transferred to Twickenham (AB) and Holloway (J) garages. The route was converted to full AEC Regent III RT operation.

On 14 May 1952, part of the allocation was transferred to Riverside (R) garage, and Leyland Titan RTLs were reintroduced.

On 22 October 1952, the Monday to Saturday service was reintroduced and was diverted at Twickenham to Teddington. Part of the allocation was transferred to Chalk Farm (CF) garage at the same time.

On 6 May 1953, the route was extended to Hampton Court via Bushey Park during Summer Sundays replacing withdrawn route 27B.

On 2 May 1956, the Twickenham (AB) allocation was transferred to Holloway (J) and Riverside (R) garages.

On 5 October 1958, the Chalk Farm (CF) allocation was transferred to Turnham Green (V) garage.

On 13 May 1959, AEC Routemasters were introduced.

On 10 October 1962, part of the allocation was transferred to Twickenham (AB) garage and the route was converted to full AEC Regent III RT and Leyland Titan RTL operation.

On 7 April 1965, the route was converted to full AEC Regent III RT operation.

On 3 October 1965, the route was withdrawn between Teddington and Hampton Court, and the Twickenham (AB) allocation was transferred to Holloway (J) and Riverside (R) garages.

On 1 February 1966, AEC Routemasters were reintroduced.

On 18 April 1970, the Monday to Friday service was withdrawn between Richmond and Teddington, this section was replaced by new route 270.

On 13 June 1970, the route was converted to full AEC Routemaster operation.

On 3 September 1971, Holloway (J) garage was announced closed and the allocation was transferred to Holloway (HT) garage.

On 19 September 1971, part of the allocation was transferred to Fulwell (FW) garage.

On 28 October 1978, the Riverside (R) allocation was transferred to Turnham Green (V) garage.

On 10 May 1980, Turnham Green (V) garage was announced closed and the allocation was transferred to Stamford Brook (V) garage.

On 15 August 1981, crew operated MCW Metrobuses were introduced.

On 4 September 1982, the Fulwell (FW) allocation was transferred to Riverside (R) and Stamford Brook (V) garages. At the same time, the crew operated Metrobuses were withdrawn and was withdrawn between Richmond & Teddington, this section was replaced by route 33.

On 25 June 1983, Riverside (R) garage was announced closed and the allocation was transferred to Shepherds Bush (S) garage.

On 27 April 1985, the Shepherds Bush (S) allocation was transferred to Stamford (V) garage.

On 25 October 1986, the route was converted to one person operation using MCW Metrobuses.

On 6 January 1990, the Stamford Brook (V) allocation was transferred to Hounslow (AV) garage.

On 7 September 1991, the Hounslow (AV) allocation was transferred to Stamford Brook (V) garage. Leyland Olympians were introduced at the same time.

On 9 November 1991, the route was withdrawn between Camden Town & Archway, this section was replaced partly by Route 135. At the same time, the route was withdrawn between Turnham Green & Richmond, this section was replaced partly by route 391, the Leyland Olympians were withdrawn (although they did continue to provide some services until 1996 when they were all reallocated to Hounslow and put on the route 140) and the Holloway (HT) allocation was transferred to Stamford Brook (V) garage.

On 5 August 1995, the route was extended from Camden Town Station to Chalk Farm Safeways.

On 9 November 1996, Stamford Brook (V) was announced closed and the allocation was transferred to Shepherds Bush (S) garage.

On 30 October 1999, the allocation was transferred back to the reopened Stamford (V) garage.

On 11 November 2000, the route passed to First CentreWest operating from their Westbourne (X) garage using MCW Metrobuses and low floor Wright Pathfinder bodied Dennis Lances.

On 3 February 2001, the route was converted to double deck low floor operation using brand new Plaxton President bodied Dennis Tridents.

On 19 March 2004, the route was converted to a 24-hour service.

On 12 November 2005, the route passed back to London United operating from their Stamford Brook (V) garage (whilst the night service was operated from their Hounslow (AV) garage) using existing Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TLs and brand new Scania OmniDekkas.

In 2007, Monday to Saturday daytime frequency increased to every 7½ minutes and evening service to every 12 minutes. Additional PVR increases were provided with East Lancs Myllenium Vyking bodied Volvo B7TLs introduced alongside the existing Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TLs and existing Scania Omnidekkas.

On 10 November 2012, the route was retained by London United. The route was extended from Turnham Green to Chiswick Business Park at the same time. The extension was funded by the London Borough of Hounslow through developer contributions from Chiswick Business Park.

In January 2013, the Alexander ALX400 bodied B7TLs, East Lancs Myllenium Vyking bodied Volvo B7TLs and the Scania OmniDekkas were replaced by brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400Hs.

On 31 May 2014, the night service was transferred to Stamford Brook (V) garage.

On 24 November 2018, existing New Routemasters were introduced alongside the existing Alexander Dennis Enviro 400Hs.

On 9 March 2019, the route was withdrawn between Chiswick Business Park and Hammersmith Grove. At the same time, the route was converted to a full New Routemaster operation and a night service was renumbered N27 running between Hammersmith Upper Bus Station and Chalk Farm.

On 9 November 2019, the route passed to Abellio London operating from their Battersea (QB) garage using existing New Routemasters.

On 10 July 2021, the route was temporarily withdrawn between Chalk Farm Morrisons and Chalk Farm Road until development works end.

The route is proposed to be withdrawn between Hammersmith Grove and High Street Kensington. At the same time, the route will be extended to Clapham Junction. Route N27 would also be withdrawn as the route would convert to 24 hour service.

Current route

Route 27 operates via these primary locations:

  • Hammersmith Glenthorne Road
  • Hammersmith Stations Upper Bus Station
  • Kensington Olympia Station
  • Kensington High Street
  • High Street Kensington Station
  • Notting Hill Gate Station
  • Paddington Station
  • Edgware Road Stations
  • Baker Street Station
  • Regent's Park Station
  • Great Portland Street Station
  • Warren Street Station
  • Mornington Crescent Station
  • Camden Town Station
  • Chalk Farm Chalk Farm Road

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